The Visual Image and the Future of the Medical Humanities
8-11 May 2014 (Thurs-Sunday)
Open Gates Conference Center
University of Texas Medical Branch
This conference brings together scholars, clinicians, scientific investigators and artists to discuss the role of visual images in the medical humanities: how they are being created, circulated, used in medical settings and beyond. We are interested in recognizing how the visualization of health impact patients and healers (broadly defined) in dynamic ways to develop new languages in which to speak to and about them with people around the world. We see this conference as the first step in establishing a collaborative dialogue regarding the contemporary and historical status of the visual image within the medical humanities through a series of follow-up meetings and projects held in USA & Europe. Honoraria will be provided for all accepted papers.
We invite abstracts under the following broad headings:
* Medical procedures and the visual image
* The visualization of the medical environment
* The patient’s self-image / the medic’s self-image
* The medical image and historical change
* Images and ethical Issues
* Visual representation of ageing
* Contexts of creation, circulation and use
Please submit a short bio (max. 100 words) and abstract (max. 250 words, including name, affiliation and title) for the presentation of a 30 minute paper. Deadline 12noon [CST] November 11, 2013. We plan to notify all applicants before year’s end.
Please submit all materials via email. A conference website is under development and will be on-line by October 2013.
Co-organizers: Jerome Crowder, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch; Terence Wright, Art & Design Research Institute, University of Ulster; Dan Price, The Honors College, University of Houston.